Shana Bet – The Hannaton Mechina
And once Rabbi Tarfon and the Elders were reclining in the attic of the House of Nitzah in Lod [and] this question was asked in front of them: Is study greater or action greater? Rabbi Tarfon answered and said, “Action is greater.” Rabbi Akiva answered and said, “Study is greater.” They all answered and said, “Study is greater, since study bring about action.” (Kiddushin 40b)
We at the Hannaton Educational Center believe that there is greater value in learning that is aimed at bringing about change, than study that remains only in the Beit Midrash. With this in mind, we established the Shana Bet or second year program of the Hannaton Mechina, a program that combines intensive and meaningful Jewish learning which also incorporates social action. The Hannaton Shana Bet program is based on the values of scholarship and action.
Learning takes place during two and a half days of studies focused on humanism, Zionism and Judaism. Participants are engaged in in-depth learning that includes time for guided hevruta study. In addition, the program includes a component of personal research, with help from the educational staff.
Action is reflected in two days of weekly social activism. During these two days, participants work on a personal project of their choice that promotes change and social initiative. Participants also work together with non-profit organizations that promote social change in Israeli society, with an emphasis on parliamentary change.
There is a strong emphasis on self-management in the Shana Bet program. Participants, working together are responsible for the day-to-day details of their lives, including cooking and budgeting as well as managing personal work hours on their individual projects.
Group life is reflected the shared space of an intimate group, through cultural evenings and group conversations.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
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